‘AeroTech’ nomination for RTS at Tech South West Awards

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The 2022 Tech South West Awards have announced MK Test’s high speed harness test system RTS as a finalist

RTS has been shortlisted for the “AeroTech” category at the Tech South West Awards, which are due to take place on 10th November in Bristol.  The category celebrates innovation in the space, aviation and satellite sectors.


Jason Evans, MK Test Systems’ Sales Director said “It’s great to be shortlisted as a finalist for these awards.  It amazes me the reach that our business – based in Somerset, in the heart of the South West – has. With RTS, we designed, built and implemented a brand new, innovative test system onto a major FAL in the biggest aircraft manufacturer in the world. To win the AeroTech award would be fantastic.”


About RTS

RTS is a high speed, automatic wire harness test system.  A vast departure from traditional rack-based systems, it uses modular components to take the test points directly to the aircraft or other vehicle. The RTS system reduces interface cables by 90% and testing time by 30%.  It was installed on the A320 final assembly line at Airbus Toulouse in July 2021.  The name RTS stands for real time scanning, the technology behind the system which was adapted from the automotive sector.


Arnaud Schang was the project lead at ECA Group when RTS was installed onto the Airbus A320 FAL last year.  He commented “RTS enables new technologies for intensive wire testing in heavy industrial conditions such as aircraft manufacturing operations on the FAL. It’s a powerful tooling solution.”


Want to learn more?

To learn more about RTS, please visit the product page. Our NPD team are continually working on new test and measurement technology – visit our Tech::Lab to read about our latest development projects.

We’ve discussed how RTS was adapted from the automotive sector’s testing methodology in this article.  To understand how RTS complies with the poka-yoke concept of foolproof testing, we recommend this article.